A former Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy charged with rape was fired for lying to get the job, the sheriff said Tuesday.
Washington County sheriff’s detectives arrested Jorge Ulises Serrano, 28, Friday in his Woodburn home on suspicion of one count of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sodomy. He’s accused of raping a woman while she was unconscious and posting online videos of the incident, and sexual encounters with other women, without their knowledge, according to law enforcement officials.
The alleged sexual assault is said to have happened in 2015, when Serrano worked as an armed security guard in the Portland area, and the online postings are alleged to have taken place while Serrano was a jail deputy in Jefferson County.
Tuesday, Serrano remained an inmate of the Washington County jail. He’s being held on $250,000 bond.
Early last year, Serrano began working as a victim’s advocate in the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
He relocated from Woodburn to a home in downtown Madras and worked in the district attorney’s office from Jan. 3 until July 9.
The next day, he transferred to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, where he began training as a corrections deputy. He graduated basic police training in February and was a member of his class’s honor guard, according to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
On Oct. 15, a Hillsboro woman called the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to report Serrano had raped her and posted videos of the incident online, according to the sheriff’s office. Around this time, Serrano also was named a reserve patrol deputy in Jefferson County.
The video was allegedly filmed in spring 2015, when Serrano worked as an armed guard with Arcadia Security & Patrol in the Portland area. While on the clock, he allegedly met a tenant of an apartment complex and drove her to a building nearby, where he engaged in sex acts with her, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
“After his shift ended, Mr. Serrano met the woman again and then sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious,” according to Washington County public information officer Jeff Talbot.
Two separate criminal probes into Serrano were opened — one at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which looked into the accuser’s claims, and the other with the Oregon State Police.
“We’ve come up with a lot of material, and we continue to aid OSP’s investigation,” Talbot said.
On Nov. 1, as the criminal investigations continued, a man from Arcadia Security & Patrol called and left a message with the Jefferson County undersheriff.
“They basically didn’t think he should be a cop,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins.
The man from Arcadia told the sheriff’s office Serrano had been fired.
A predisciplinary hearing was held, in accordance with the sheriff’s office’s union rules.
Serrano attended and admitted to falsifying his application and lying in his interview to get hired, Adkins said.
“He told me, he just wanted to be a cop, and if I knew about what happened, I wouldn’t hire him,” Adkins said. “He knew that I won’t put up with lying, and he was on his way out.”
Serrano was terminated Nov. 1.
On his LinkedIn page, Serrano states he served in the Marines from 2009 to 2013. He says he earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Chemeketa Community College and afterward worked as a security guard at Salem-area schools.
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